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We recently touched on the best video games influenced by Hip-Hop, so, of course, we had to shine some light on the Hip-Hop stars who pick up the sticks regularly.
Hip-Hop is one of the few genres whose stars are ridiculously multi-hyphenated. When they are not acting, hosting, or laying down tracks in the studio, you can find them blowing off steam by playing video games.
Now before you think they are just casual gamers, you would be sadly mistaken. These Hip-Hop stars take their gaming very seriously, just like when they are in the booth laying down a hot 16 or crafting a hit record. As you can imagine, their penchant for being competitive carries over to the virtual world where they take that energy out on poor souls in games like Fortnite, Street Fighter V, Call of Duty, NBA 2K, and, of course, Madden NFL.
So hit the gallery and find out which rappers you might want to think twice about challenging to pick up the sticks, that is, of course, if you’re skills are up to par.
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1. Shad Moss (Bow Wow)Source:Instagram
Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, pegs himself as one of the best gamers in the Hip-Hop community, specifically when playing games like Madden NFL and NBA 2K. There is plenty of video footage of him out there handing out Ls in the basketball video game. For example, in one video shared on his Instagram account Bow Weezy beats the breaks off his longtime mentor Jermaine Dupri.
2. Soulja BoySource:Instagram
Bow Wow’s upcoming Verzuz opponent Soulja Boy is definitely one of Hip-Hop’s biggest gamers. When he is not pushing his own consoles, you can catch the CEO of SODMG Gamers on either PS5 or Xbox Series X live-streaming his gaming antics on his Twitch channel, where he goes live once a day to entertain his 758k followers playing either Fortnite, recently released Biomutant, Grand Theft Auto V and Gears 5.
T-Pain may not know how to use the hidden folder in his Instagram DMs properly, but he definitely knows how to game. The Rapper Ternt Sanga is regularly on Twitch handing out Ls in Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Mario Party, and other games. He loves games so much he even did a fantastic cosplay of Tekken character Leroy Smith.
4. The GameSource:Getty
Jayceon Taylor doesn’t call himself The Game for no reason. The west coast Hip-Hop star explains his rap moniker comes from his love of video games, and he puts that passion on display for when he is handing out Ls either Madden or NBA 2K. The Game is so good in Madden that he boasted that he was ranked no.1 in the world.
He was the#6 best Madden NFL 09 in the world, with a record of 174 wins and 31 losses. He was also one of the UK’s top one hundred players.
5. Lupe FiascoSource:YouTube
Lupe Fiasco is not just an exceptional rapper, but he’s also a great martial artist as well. The Chicago rapper takes his love for fighting into video games by channeling that energy into fighting games, particularly Street Fighter V, and he is no pushover either. Fiasco got the opportunity to test his skills against Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara in an exhibition match, and he won.
6. Snoop DoggSource:Instagram
When Snoop Dogg isn’t laying down tracks, filming episodes of Martha & Snoop, or a new movie, you can catch the west coast legend blowing it down and playing video games. Whether he’s playing Spyro The Dragon by himself or taking on someone in Madden NFL, which he can get very passionate about, Uncle Snoop always brings his best.
7. Vince StaplesSource:Getty
Vince Staples is one of the internet’s biggest trash talkers so one can only imagine how bad it gets while playing him in video games. Staples revealed his love for gaming began with Mortal Kombat, Crash Bandicoot, and Mario. Now, he hands out Ls in NBA 2K, and if you’re a rage quitter beware. “Nah, you can’t quit me. You will never live it down. You have to sit there and get that ass-whooping,” said the rapper.
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